Miami rebounds from a tough 14-point loss to the New Orleans Pelicans with an easy home victory over the new-look Philadelphia 76ers. The Heat were led by Luol Deng' 29 points on 11-of-14 shooting, Goran Dragic's 23 points on nine-of-14 with 10 assists, and Hassan Whiteside's 12 points and 14 boards. Dwyane Wade had 18 points on the night, and I couldn't help but thinking that this team lacks only a "Chris Bosh" type player to really have a well rounded starting lineup. Them's the breaks I guess, and we all hope Bosh makes a quick and speedy recovery.
The first frame would see Luol Deng and Henry Walker each score eight points for the Heat. Miami closed the period with a 32-31 lead despite turning the ball over eight times to only two for the Sixers on the strength of their 61.9% shooting, including a three-for-five performance from deep. Philadelphia had six players score at least four points in the period.
In the second period, each team scored 29 points, led by Dwyane Wade's eight as Miami continued their hot shooting, making 11-of-19 from the field for a healthy 57.9% clip. The mark was matched shot-for-shot by the Sixers, who were led by Nerlens Noel's seven. The teams would hit the dressing rooms with Deng leading all players with 13 points. Goran Dragic made four-of-six in the half, scoring eight with seven assists.
The third quarter would see Miami finally start to pull away from the tenacious, mostly nameless club from Philadelphia. The Heat again shot above 50%, hitting 12-of-23 from the field led by Deng (four-for-five) and Dragic (four-for-seven). Hassan Whiteside had four points and nine rebounds in the frame as Miami outscored the Sixers, 30-19, going into the final quarter with a 12-point, 91-79 lead.
In the final quarter, the Heat shot 10-for-20 from the field, completing the game with a field-goal percentage at half or better for each of the four frames. The Sixers had a little push back after the game was all but decided, mostly matching Miami 29-28.
Next up for the Heat, the Orlando Magic on Thursday night. Keep it locked in here at Hot Hot Hoops for all your Heat news in the meantime.